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US Mint to Suspend American Eagle Gold 1oz Coins

Gold eagle is legal tender and is exempt from reporting to the IRS
US Mint to Suspend American Eagle Gold 1-Ounce Coins

Reuters
November 26, 2009

The U.S. Mint said Wednesday it will suspend sales of the popular American Eagle 1-ounce bullion coins as rising demand depleted its inventory.

“The United States Mint has depleted its current inventory of 2009 American Eagle 1-ounce gold bullion coins due to the continued strong demand for this product,” the Mint told its authorized dealers in a memorandum on Wednesday.

November sales to date were at 124,000 ounces, higher than the 115,500 ounces sold in each month of September and October, the Mint said.

The Mint said it expects to resume sales in early December.

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Gold Runs Out In Germany

Gold Runs Out In Germany

Allan Hall
London Evening Standard
October 12, 2008

Risk-averse Germans are turning to gold in troubled times – but there’s none left.

German gold dealers say demand has skyrocketed this past week to 10 times normal so no more orders can be taken for the foreseeable future.

“The demand exceeds our capacities by a great deal,” said Heiko Ganss, head of precious metal company Pro Aurum.

“The requests cannot be satisfied right now,” a dealer from the Düsseldorf WGZ Bank confirmed.

“Demand for gold as a conservative investment has risen dramatically,” said stephan Henkel. “right now the demand is about 10 times as high as in normal times.”

Gold deliveries now take between four and six weeks.

The US mint said on Monday it had exhausted some of its supply of bullion coins and was struggling to meet demand for gold, silver and platinum.

South Africa’s Rand Refinery, producer of the world’s most popular gold bullion coin, the Krugerrand, temporarily ran out of the coins in August.

 

Londoners Queue-Up on Sidewalk to Buy Gold in Rush for Money Haven

Bloomberg
October 9, 2008

Londoners stood in line outside the largest gold coin and bar retailer in the city’s West End shopping district, clogging the lobby and trading among themselves as they sought a safe haven for their money.

“People want something tangible, something they can hold on to, something the banks can’t give them,” said Chris Burrow, the owner of ATS Bullion, the gold dealer in the Strand that traces its roots back to the 17th century. “There’s no time to breathe. We’re rushed off our feet. Staff are exhausted.”

As U.K. stocks tumbled to a five-year low, paced by financial-services companies, gold advanced. Since Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s Sept. 15 filing for bankruptcy protection, exacerbating the worldwide credit crisis, gold for immediate delivery has jumped 19 percent.

“Investors are rushing to safe havens and physical gold seems to be the favorite one,” said Frederic Panizzutti, a senior vice president at MKS Finance, one of Switzerland’s four bullion refiners.

British government action to prop up the banking industry has failed to reassure investors. The U.K. on Oct. 8 promised 50 billion pounds ($86 billion) of capital to banks, the same day the Bank of England cut its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point. Last month, the government brokered a takeover of HBOS Plc, Britain’s largest mortgage lender, and seized control of Bradford & Bingley’s mortgage division.

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Austria Witnesses New Gold Rush

BBC
October 12, 2008

The financial crisis is prompting people to look for safer forms of investment than stocks and shares.

The interest in gold coins is so great that many of the world’s major mints are struggling to keep up with demand, including the Austrian Mint, which produces the Vienna Philharmonic – one of the best-selling bullion coins worldwide.

Sales of Vienna Philharmonic gold coins have gone up by more than 230% since last year.

Kerry Tattersall, the director of marketing at the mint, says production has gone into overdrive.

“We are running at present something like three shifts on all of the machines, on the presses, producing both gold and the silver bullion coins.

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Central banks all but stop lending gold

Javier Blas
Financial Times
October 8, 2008

Central banks have all but stopped lending gold to commercial and investment banks and other participants in the precious metals market, in a move that on Tuesday sent the cost of borrowing bullion for one-month to more than twenty times its usual level.

The one-month gold lease rate rocketed to 2.649 per cent, its highest level since May 2001 and significantly above its five-year average of 0.12 per cent, according to data from the London Bullion Market Association.

Gold lease rates for two, three, and six months and for a year also jumped to levels not seen in the last seven years.

Traders said the jump reflects the fact that central banks — mostly European — have almost completely stopped lending gold in the last few days and are not rolling forward old leases after maturity. This is because of fears that some borrowers might not repay their bullion loans if they are engulfed by the financial crisis.

“A number of central banks have been cutting back on their gold lending,” said Tom Kendall, a precious metals strategist at Mitsubishi in London.

John Reade, a commodities strategist at UBS, added that there had been a lot of talk about some central banks being unwilling to lend their gold because of a redoubled focus on the risk of borrowers not returning it.

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US and UK Cut Back Selling of Gold
US Mint suspends Buffalo gold coins after depletion

Reuters
September 25, 2008

The U.S Mint said Thursday it was temporarily suspending sales of American Buffalo 24-karat gold one-ounce bullion coins because strong demand depleted its inventory.

“Demand has exceeded supply for American Buffalo 24-karat gold one-ounce bullion coins, and our inventories have been depleted. We are, therefore, temporarily suspending sales of these coins,” the Mint said in a memorandum to authorized American Buffalo dealers.

The Mint also told dealers that it would work to build up its inventory to resume sales shortly.

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ECB Cuts Gold Sales

FT
September 29, 2008

European central banks have cut their sales of gold to the lowest level in almost a decade, reversing the practice of recent years when hefty sales helped depress prices.

Institutions bound by the Central Bank Gold Agreement – the banks of the eurozone plus Sweden and Switzerland – sold about 343 tonnes of gold in the year that expired on Friday, the lowest amount since the first CBGA was signed in 1999.

This compares with 475.8 tonnes in the year to the end of September 2007. Under the agreement, the banks are allowed to sell up to 500 tonnes of gold each year.

The European trend is part of a global movement of reduced central bank selling and increased investor buying that is helping to underpin high prices at a time of turmoil in financial markets.

GFMS, the precious metals consultancy, estimates global central banks will sell 269 tonnes of bullion in 2008, the lowest since 1995.

Much of the selling by European banks took place between October and December last year.

As central banks sell less, investors are rushing into bullion-backed exchange traded funds to such an extent that some analysts refer to the ETFs as the “people’s central bank” because they are now bigger than most countries’ official reserves.

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Rich investors are snapping up gold bars

FT
September 30, 2008

Investors in gold are demanding “unprecedented” amounts of bullion bars and coins and moving them into their own vaults as fears about the health of the global financial system deepen.

Industry executives and bankers at the London Bullion Market Association annual meeting said the extent of the move into physical gold was unseen and driven by the very rich.

“There is an enormous pick-up in investment demand. I have never seen a market like this in my 33-year career,” said Jeremy Charles, chairman of the LBMA. “The gold refineries cannot produce enough bars.”

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Gold and silver dealer reports an ‘unprecedented’ shortage of metals

The Post
September 28, 2008

A surge for demand in gold and silver has resulted in an unprecedented shortage of the metals for retail investors in recent days, according to Gold and Silver Investments, a Dublin-based firm that allows retail investors to speculate on movements in the value of precious metals.

Gold and Silver Investments director Mark O’Byrne said the supply of gold and silver available for small retail investors suffered a dramatic deterioration within hours on Friday, as wholesalers reported that government mints and refiners, the primary suppliers of the metals, had stopped offering new supplies.

‘‘It’s absolutely unprecedented,” said O’Byrne, who said the shortages were likely to drive up the costs of gold and silver in the secondary market.

‘‘This did not happen even in the 1930s and the 1970s, and will result in markedly higher prices in the coming months.”

According to O’Byrne, gold and silver were now only easily accessible in the primary market, which consisted of central banks and other major traders of the precious metals.

However, he said that minimum transaction sizes in this market were out of reach for most retail investors – at approximately $350,000 for gold and $135,000 for silver.

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Gold Drops $790 – U.S. Mint Suspends Gold Eagles

Gold Drops Below $790

Bloomberg
August 14, 2008

Buyers of wedding bands and makers of fillings, take heart: Metals prices fell sharply, following in oil’s footsteps, and as the dollar rallied. Gold lost 8.4% of its value this week, with August gold ending at $786 a troy ounce, below the psychologically significant $800 level. Today alone, the shiny yellow metal lost 2.7%. Gold is down 22% from its record close of $1003.20, reached on March 18; it hit that mark around the time Bear Stearns went belly up, which sent freaked-out investors into hard assets. Silver futures took the gold medal this week, though, in the weekly percentage decline event – August silver fell 16% this week to end at $12.8010 a troy ounce. Almost 10% of that drop came today. A silver lining: Copper fell only 1.7% this week.

 

U.S. Mint Suspends Gold Eagles

Numis Master
August 14, 2008

The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee is reporting at their website that The U.S. Mint has suspended sales of American Eagle one ounce gold coins and is refusing orders from dealers.

GATA reports that two coin and bullion dealers have confirmed the suspension by the Mint. This news was initially reported by American Precious Metals Exchange.

Chris Powell, Secretary/Treasurer of GATA, says in a website posting, “The suspension is overwhelming evidence that the futures contract price of gold on the commodities exchanges is substantially below the physical market price and that, indeed, the commodities exchanges are being used as GATA long has maintained – as part of a massive scheme of manipulation of the precious metals, currency, and bond markets.”

As of today, fractional gold (1/10 oz, ¼ oz and ½ oz Gold American Eagles) remain unaffected by the shortage. The mint web site is currently not reporting any suspensions of sales and one ounce uncirculated coins are still for sale at the web site.

 



Gold hits 2-month low below $880 on metals sell-off

Gold hits 2-month low below $880 on metals sell-off

Reuters
April 1, 2008

Gold prices tumbled to a two-month low below $880 an ounce on Tuesday as a dollar rise and de-leveraging amid a U.S. stock rally triggered a heavy sell-off in all precious metals.

Gold ..> hit a low of $872.90 and was at $884.20/885.4 an ounce at 2:15 p.m. EDT, against $916.20/917.00 late in New York on Monday, when it had fallen 2 percent.

The yellow metal has fallen about 15 percent since hitting a record high of $1,030.80 two weeks ago.

“Given the elevated level of speculative interest, we would not rule out a deepening of the current correction in prices,” said Suki Cooper, precious metals analyst at Barclays Capital.

“However, the overall environment for gold remains positive over the forthcoming months,” she said, adding the dollar was not expected to rise markedly against the euro in the short term, given the likelihood of poor U.S. economic data this week.

Jonathan Jossen, an independent floor trader in New York, said that gold was pummeled as funds were leaving all commodities in droves.

“We watched heavy fund selling in the futures all day yesterday. Nobody looked and said ’OK, here is the bottom and let’s get back into the gold market,’” Jossen said.

Jossen also cited a negative gold lease rate last week, which signaled possible central bank selling.

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America’s Trade Debts Lead to a Likely Gold Confiscation

America’s Trade Debts Lead to a Likely Gold Confiscation

Goldseek

December 2, 2007

Federal agencies have indicated that the accumulated trade debts of the United States have reached $9 trillion. This can be explained once one realizes that outsourcing of production jobs and manufacturing has gathered speed over the last twenty years to a point where we don’t make more than a nominal percentage of our own necessities. These debts result in accumulated “TRADE DEFICITS” which are discussed in the daily papers. What is not discussed, however, is how these “trade debts” will ever be paid. Well, common sense would tell most of us that — they will be paid in some form.

Recently posted in the Federal Register on the internet were regulations listed under the caption of The Patriot Act . . . . At the end of 17 pages you will find legal definitions for “bullion coins” and “rare numismatic coins.” Strange how the definition of these forms of gold would show up under 17 pages of regulations pursuant to the Patriot Act having to do with identification of persons boarding and de-boarding aircraft and a multitude of other topics. Once you analyze the situation, it becomes obvious that these regulations were published in this manner, so as to keep the information from the general public and avoid suspicions of confiscation and the resulting objections.

WE BELIEVE THE REGULATIONS WERE PUBLISHED IN THE EXPECTATION OF A SECOND CONFISCATION OF AMERICAN PRIVATELY OWNED GOLD

The purpose of the confiscation is clearly to settle America’s trade debts in an acceptable form. Keep in mind that Central Banks end up with all of the trade debts via bank deposits in dollars, or, Treasury Bonds, dollar denominated, with no guarantees against loss due to deterioration of the value of the dollar. Since the dollar has been in a constant downtrend as most Americans realize, Central Banks should not be expected to take all the losses on these transactions without complaint. Indeed, there are complaints and we believe the complaints have reached fever pitch. Central Banks no longer wish to accept dollar-denominated assets in payment of trade debts and are demanding American gold.

There is really no other logical mechanism for them to accept payment. Today, silver is not a monetary asset and neither are any of the other metals such as platinum or palladium. Only gold can be used for settlement of debts between Central Banks.

“No,” you say! . . . . Such a conclusion is unjustified. If so, then we ask, how is it that 30,000 retail jewelry stores have been forced to become registered with the Treasury Department over the last two years, since January ’06, as indicated at their website at http://www.jvclegal.org. The Jewelry Trade Association required their members to purchase a “Patriot Act Compliance Kit,” all of which relates to registration — a form of licensing, obviously connected to one of their main lines of business: gold jewelry.

Why is it also that bullion dealers and gold coin dealers who do $50,000 or more in business a year have also been required to become registered with the Treasury Department as indicated in their printout of April 24, 2007, from their website. This particular, April 24th printout may or may not still be on the website, but we have copies from that date on file.

There is significant other evidence as well, including the recent confiscation of gold of an organization in Evansville, Indiana, The Liberty Dollar Group, which stirred up some concern about the use of paper money in the United States, and thus, the gentleman who proposed an alternative form of money was put out of business.

In addition, the U.S. Mint, the seller of extremely popular American Eagle series of coins has, as of October 15, at least, terminated all sales of American Eagle gold coins. By the time you read this, they may have changed their minds again, which, of course, can be reversed after a brief period. Their mint dealer network may or may not still have the American Eagle series coins in stock, but sooner or later, their stocks will run out and there will be no more gold available in this form.

It is our view that the definition of the antique numismatic coins, given in the Federal Register, indicate the one way to avoid the loss of all physical gold in your hands. The interpretation of the wording of the regulations can be taken differently by different people. Our interpretation is that coins that have rarity value at least equal to the bullion value at the time of purchase would logically be deemed legal under these rules. Since it is not likely that any further explanation of these regulations will be published, this is all we have to go on. Of course — they are not going to announce the confiscation date ahead of time.

We are frequently asked what our opinion is of the timing, and that is obviously difficult to say, but it would not be amazing to see the confiscation gold within the next twelve months of the extremely unpopular Presidency of George W. Bush. That means there’s only twelve months to go, if we believe that this evil act will be consummated during his term. For more information, contact us at Criminal Politics Magazine at 1-800-543-0486 or visit our website at www.criminalpolitics.com

 



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Fed Pumps $41B Into US Financial System

Fed Pumps $41B Into US Financial System

AP
November 1, 2007

Fed Injects $41 Billion Into US Financial System to Help Ease Credit Problems

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve pumped $41 billion into the U.S. financial system Thursday, the largest cash infusion since September 2001, to help companies get through a credit crunch.

The action came one day after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and all but one of his central bank colleagues voted to slice a key interest rate. It was the second time in six weeks that policymakers acted to protect the economy from the effects of the housing downturn and credit troubles.

Wall Street took a nosedive with the Dow Jones industrials losing 362.14 points to close at 13,567.87.

The Fed on Wednesday ordered its key rate, called the federal funds rate, to be lowered by one-quarter of a percentage point to 4.5 percent. That followed up on a half-percentage point cut in September. Those two rate reductions might be sufficient to help the economy make its way safely through trouble spots, Fed policymakers indicated.

The funds rate affects many other interest rates charged to millions of individuals and businesses and is the Fed’s most potent tool for influencing economic activity.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which carries out the central bank’s open market operations, moved Thursday to inject $41 billion in temporary reserves into the financial system.

A New York Fed spokesman said it was the largest single day of operations since $50.35 billion was pumped into the system on Sept. 19, 2001, following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. He declined further comment.

Fed policymakers at their meeting on Wednesday noted that the “strains from financial markets have eased somewhat on balance.” In the past week, many Fed officials have described the state of financial markets as fragile.

Bernanke and other Fed officials have said it will take time for the markets to fully recover from the credit crisis.

Since August, the Fed has been pumping cash into the financial system to help ease strains from the credit crunch. It also has cut its lending rate to banks — a third such cut came on Wednesday.

 

US Mint considering cheaper coins

BBC
October 27, 2007

The rising price of copper has prompted the US government to consider making coins with cheaper metals.

The price of copper has risen to just under $8,000 a tonne, driven by demand from countries like China and India.

The US Mint says it is now costing as much as 1.7 cents to produce a “penny” (1 cent) and 10 cents to produce a “nickel” (5 cents).

Reducing the amount of metal used making these coins could save the US government around $100 million a year.

If this was extended to higher denomination coins, the savings are estimated at $400 million.

At the moment, only the US Congress has the power to change the metal composition of US coins.

The proposal by members of the US Senate and House of Representatives would give these powers to the US Treasury.

Change due

Greg Hernandez, Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the US Mint says change is on the cards:

“If the world demand continues to be high for copper, nickel and zinc, then if this legislation is approved, the metal content for the penny and the nickel will be quite different from what it is today.”

In April, the US government finally passed a law to make it illegal to melt down US coins, or export them in any quantity abroad.

Anyone doing so now faces a fine of up to $10 000, in conjunction with five years in prison.

Greg Hernandez says action was taken after the US Mint started receiving enquiries from the public as to whether it was illegal to melt down US coins.

“It was to safeguard against a potential shortage of these coins in circulation, because any wide-spread withdrawal of pennies and nickels could cause coin shortages, and that would be extremely costly to replenish, given the prevailing metal prices and production costs”

Global warning

In India, the government has had to take action after rupee coins were illegally melted down in order to make razor blades.

The Australian Royal Mint has warned its citizens it is illegal to melt down Australian dollars.

The British Royal Mint changed the composition of its one and two pence coins in 1992 from bronze (97% copper) to copper-coated steel.

It has confirmed that the value of the copper in pre-1992 one penny and two penny coins is now greater than the face value.

Royal Mint figures suggest there could be more than eight billion pre-1992 one and two pence coins still in circulation.

However, anyone trying to melt them down could face a fine or two years in prison.

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